THEY are said to be the ``baddest'' of a bad bunch and they could be on their way to Tasmania.
The US-based bikie gang the Mongols has been engaged in a bloodless takeover of Australian outlaw motorcycle club the Finks.
The patch-over has seen a purported 90 per cent of Finks gang members cross over to a club known for its violent past.
Yesterday, Tasmania Police confirmed the Finks were active in the state but only had a small membership and no clubhouse.
``Anyone who's identified because of their criminal activity, Tasmanian Police will respond accordingly,'' Glen Frame Acting Assistant Police Commissioner said.
``In recent years Tasmania Police has had success in prosecuting some members of motorcycle clubs but it was due to their criminal activity, not because they were bikies.''
The Finks' activity in Tasmania came to light last year when Queensland Supreme Court documents revealed club members smuggled drugs tucked under their genitals through Launceston Airport.
The police informant in the documents said cocaine was being delivered to a member of the Devils Henchmen, which are based in Launceston.
Other bikie clubs active in Tasmania include Satan's Riders, the Outlaws, the Black Uhlans and the Rebels, with about 200 club members statewide for all clubs.
The rationale behind the Mongols' patch-over is not clear but internal tensions have been reported as one cause as well as the outlawing of the Finks in Queensland.
The Mongols' new Melbourne chapter president told the Herald Sun that the public had nothing to fear and there was no beef with any one ``one per cent'' club.
``We actually get along with everybody,'' Frank Dieni said.
Such harmony is less evident in their home country where a fatal shoot-out with sworn enemy the Hells Angels left three dead in Las Vegas in 2002.
More recently Operation Black Rain saw US authorities charge Mongols members with murder, attempted murder, assaults, firearms violations and narcotics violations.
Back home 26 motorcycle clubs were named as criminal organisations in Queensland last week, forbidding club members to associate with each other among other measures.
Tasmania has unexplained wealth legislation going through parliament, however, the government has no proposed anti-association laws in the works.